Part Two of this month’s topic explores the massive expansion of the Chaplain Corps during World War II and the response to moral tensions surrounding the Vietnam War. Last week, Part One explored the quest for religious pluralism in U.S. military chaplaincy over the last century, focusing on its mobilization during World War I (if you missed it, you can listen to it here). Next week, Part Three will look at the experience of women in military chaplaincy and the state of the institution today.
Ronit Y. Stahl is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2017). She has also written and numerous articles and essays. A historian of modern America, she focuses on how law, policies, and institutions both foster and hinder religious pluralism in American society.